Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ladies Seminar in Bombe

We had a great 3 days in the village of Bombe for the Ladies Seminar. I am so thankful for the opportunity that was given to go and serve there.

Esther Omam (my Cameroon mum) and I tag-teamed on the first lesson and theme from Ephesians 4:22-24; about laying aside the old self and putting on the new self which is in the likeness of God. 
With the cross reference coming from Galatians 2:20 "It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me.." and II Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
It was nice getting to hear lessons from other Christian women as well. The lady on the left is teaching in French while the lady on the right translated in Pidgin.

We also had a questionnaire for the older ladies about the marriage bed.  

The ladies in Bombe did a great job cooking for the crowd. The green here is used for making one of my favorite Cameroonian foods, fufu and eru.

Pap (corn that has been soaked in water for 3 days then ground and made into a porridge with milk and sugar),  Cameroonian plum (it's a bit bitter and has the texture somewhat like an avocado), and puff puff (somewhat like fried donuts) for breakfast!

Gari fufu (dried cassava) and groundnut soup with okongabong ( a green) with fish.

Plantain and beans, yum!

Perla using her muscles to fetch water from the well for the cooks to use in the outside kitchen... Our stomachs weren't quite used to the water so we became experts at using...

...a pit toilet! :)

These cuties kept asking me to snap their pictures and then wanted to see them on my phone.

Some of the many ladies who helped with this ladies program.

An offering was taken up by the ladies for the woman in the white shirt and black skirt to help her and her 5 children get back on their feet. Her husband drinks a lot and one night he beat her very badly so the villagers took matters into their own hands and beat him and told him not to come back to the village leaving the woman with no place to go or way to support herself. The offering was enough for her to buy a mattress for her and the children to share and for her to start a small business like frying and selling puff puff.

A highlight of the program was the quiz that was put on. Different questions were asked about the theme, Bible verses and so forth.  

Everyone who participated got a small gift but the top 4 winners got bigger rewards such as glasses, umbrellas and flashlights. 

Those who helped with the quiz by coming up with and asking the questions, keeping time, and score got a gift too!
Overall it was a great seminar, we didn't even let the abundance of rain stop us. 

Trying to pack up 8 women and a baby's luggage was not easy but we all worked together and got it done!

We are super thankful for the funds that were given to get a bigger vehicle with 4 wheel drive and more seats so we can help more people go to programs such as these and reach out to other areas in Cameroon that are harder to get to. God continues to provide all our needs through His people!
Please pray that the fruit of this program will be lasting and that we can continue to shine brightly for our King!

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